Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association, Inc.

By Staff

A Message From The President

3510 Brooklake Rd. NE, Brooks, Oregon 97303.

The National EDGE&TA has presented to the branches a set of
guidelines to help maintain safe atmosphere. A few examples
are:

Have guardropes in place.

Set display well back inside ropes.

Keep gas cans in safe place.

No more than two people on a tractor.

No minors on tractors without adult supervision. (Some people
will say that this is silly as most farm boys can operate a tractor
better than the old man!)

Remember that you have the public involved here and there is no
sense in taking any chances.

Several years ago liability insurance became quite expensive and
a lot of clubs found that they couldn’t afford the premiums to
cover the hobby. At that point in time, the National started
pursuing a National policy. This proved to be quite involved with
the amount of paperwork necessary to govern it. It was also found
that the branches could obtain a better premium on their own. With
a little help from the National, this has been accomplished. By
sitting down with the agent here on the West Coast, a company was
found that was understanding to the situation, and a hobby policy
was drawn up. All branches are afforded this opportunity through
the National.

Any group or club that may have this need by being affiliated
with the National EDGE&TA will be apprised of this
information.

FLASH: As this article is being written, sometime prior to
publication, this might be old news, but we want to let everyone
know. Our sister branch, Branch 3, which is located in the San
Jose, California area just south of San Francisco, was right in the
middle of the October earthquake. They were hit very hard on
October 17 by the quake. Only minutes after the quake was announced
on TV, our National Menno Kliewer placed a call to Branch 3
President, Peggy Schoppe. He was unsuccessful for several days, but
contact was made with various members of Branch 3, and it was found
that most of them had escaped heavy losses. Although a few had
their homes off the foundations and suffered losses in various
amounts, no one was injured. In a more recent contact, Peggy
mentioned that Branch 3 members now were regaining renewed spirits
and were getting back into the former lifestyles. We at the
National wish to express our in-depth sympathy to each of the
Branch 3 members who have experienced this terrible shock and
having their lives disrupted. We wish them well and give them
credit for assuming new spirits and continuing to rebuild their
lives.

An event was recently held that will make another mark in
history. Jerome Increase Case, founder of the J.I. Case Company,
was inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs,
Kansas, on October 1989. In attendance were J.I.’s
great-grandaughter, Helen Case Brigham, and her husband, Brig. Our
Vice-President, Del Seuser, and several members of Branch 19, were
in attendance.

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